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Jesuits protected themselves

A recent independent investigation shows that Jesuit officials repeatedly put Gonzaga students and staff in harm’s way by quietly moving known or suspected predator priests to the campus. Shame on them.

One high-ranking Jesuit claims the Jesuit building at Gonzaga was, according to the Associated Press, “the only facility” where offenders “could be contained effectively while also receiving necessary medical care.” Baloney. The church has dozens if not hundreds of such places, most of which aren’t on or near a school attended by thousands of potentially vulnerable teens and young adults.

The Jesuits knowingly, repeatedly and recklessly endangered others to protect themselves, their colleagues, their reputations and their money. I hope parents remember this when pondering where to send their kids for further education and Catholics will ponder this when Jesuits come asking for donations.

Mary Dispenza


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